Leon S. Hollingsworth collection of genealogies
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Leon S. Hollingsworth collection of genealogies

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hollingsworth, Leon Stephens, 1896-
Title: Leon S. Hollingsworth collection of genealogies
Dates: between 1940 and 1974
Extent: 0.24 cubic feet (12 microfilm rolls)
Identification: MS 1388

Biographical/Historical Note

Leon S. Hollingsworth (1896-1974) was born on September 13 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the eldest of ten children of Joseph S. and Viola Cowan Hollingsworth. Economic factors led him into an early business course and a position as a law clerk and legal stenographer for the U.S> District Court, Northern District of Georgia. During World War I, he was a sergeant in the medical corps, serving in army hospitals in the northeastern states. After the armistice, he was transferred to the Surgeon General's office in Washington, D.C. In later years he served as commander of the Harold Byrd American Legion Post in Decatur, Georgia.

After his return to civilian life, Hollingsworth held positions for a time in the motion picture industry in Atlanta. On September 9, 1922, he married Evelyn Macdonald of Decatur. They had two daughters: Mary Evelyn, born August 6, 1923, who married John Leland Golz on October 12, 1948; and Elizabeth, born on February 9, 1925, who married Malcolm Nellis Whitlock on Aril 24, 1948.

In the early 1940s, having been successful in the life insurance field, he established his own agency in Decatur. During World War II, he edited a popular newsletter, Gang-O-Grams, for Decatur servicemen. Following an illness during this decade, Hollingsworth found his calling in the field of genealogy. He carried out research at the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the state archives in Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, and Tennessee. He was certified as a genealogist by the National Board of Certification of Genealogists, Washington, D.C., and belonged to numerous historical and genealogical societies.

Leon S. Hollingsworth died on November 16, 1974.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilmed copy of a card file of genealogical information compiled by Leon S. Hollingsworth for more than thirty years. It consists of 45,000 cards on which are recorded names of many thousands of persons, together with genealogical data copied from numerous original sources, such as wills, deeds, administrations, marriage records, and bible records. The collection is divided into two parts.

The name-file cards in Part 1 have been filmed in the order in which Mr. Hollingsworth maintained them: alphabetically by surname. Within each surname, the names are not in alphabetical order, and so the entire numbered card-set for the surname must be checked in order to find all possible references to a given forename.

The cards in each surname set are numbered consecutively. All cards which were in the file when it was prepared for microfilming are included. Some cards may have been removed from the file, and some card sets are entirely missing from the file; their former locations are indicated by editorial notations, both in the file and on the inventory.

An inventory/index for Part 1, consisting of a list of included surnames with the total number of cards and some cross-references, has been prepared for user convenience.

Part 2 consists of alphabetically arranged place and topic cards. No typed inventory has been prepared since the file is relatively small. Cross-reference cards to family cemeteries filed in the names file, Part 1, have been prepared and interfiled in Part 2.

Index Terms

Genealogies (histories)
Hollingsworth, Leon Stephens, 1896-

Location of Originals


Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Leon S. Hollingsworth collection of genealogies, MS 1388, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1X-1388-01. A - Bowen


2X-1388-02. Bowers - Cofield


3X-1388-03. Cogburn - Easterling (partial)


4X-1388-04. Easterling - Greshon


5X-1388-05. Gribben - Hudnal


6X-1388-06. Hudson - Lowder


7X-1388-07. Lowe - Morriset


8X-1388-08. Morrison - Prather


9X-1388-09. Pratt - Saxon (partial)


10X-1388-10. Saxon - Swanson


11X-1388-11. Swanzey - Whiddon


12X-1388-12. Whigham - Z; place files A-Z